Eat Like a Local: San Juan

posted on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 8:33:03 AM

Make the most of your stay at the San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino, located in beautiful Puerto Rico. With fresh, local cuisine along Condado Beach all within walking distance of the hotel, you’re sure to eat like a true local during your visit. Enjoy tapas, Asian favorites and seafood fresh from the ocean outside, and be sure to explore our San Juan, Puerto Rico vacation packages when you’re ready to go! 


Casa Lola 
Cuisine: Puerto Rican

Casa Lola offers diners a traditional Puerto Rican meal, with an exceptional view, and an overall unforgettable dining experience completed by impeccable service. Absolutely try the mofongo here. Mofongo is Puerto Rico’s signature dish, it is mashed fried plantains mixed with garlic, olive oil, chicharron (pork rinds) and other local spices and often served with chicken or shrimp. Other great options are the snapper, the mahi mahi, and the pork chops with rice and beans. Take the .5 mile walk over from the hotel to enjoy a great meal with a beautiful lagoon view at Casa Lola. 


Cuisine: Asian/Latin Fusion

Budatai perfectly blends Asian delights with a Puerto Rican flair for an imaginative and delicious meal. The restaurant itself is modern, chic and trendy and located .3 miles down the street from the hotel. Budatai favorites include: grilled octopus, ceviche with coconut, fried rice with plantain, and the pork dumplings. Budatai is also super vegetarian friendly and has lots of great meatless dishes, which can sometimes be difficult to find on the island. Also be sure to start the meal with a cocktail, as the bar has great reviews. For those looking to mix it up in San Juan, Budatai is an awesome option in the heart of Condado.


Cuisine: Sandwiches

After a long morning at the beach, Pinky’s is absolutely where you should stop for a lunch break. Located a quick .3 miles down the street from the hotel, stop by Pinky’s to fuel up for your afternoon activities or another beach session. Locals suggest grabbing a sandwich and getting a smoothie for the road! Favorites include the Mallorcra, Bocadillo, and the California Country Club Surfer sandwiches. Pinky’s is also open, and highly recommend, for breakfast! Definitely walk on down through Condado and grab a bite at Pinky’s.


Oceano Condado 
Cuisine: Puerto Rican

Oceano Condado is self-described as “the trendiest venue in the Condado beach area,” and patrons completely agree. The modern Puerto Rico dining hotspot is located right on the beach and offers breathtaking views of the ocean from the multiple levels of balconies and an almost entirely glass structure. Seafood is the way to go as far as food, make sure to try the house ceviche, the tuna tartar, and the ginger coco shrimp for apps; and entrée favorites include the snapper, the scallops, and the surf and turf. If you happen to save room for dessert, go for the cuatro leches, or the classic key lime pie! If you are going to splurge on one meal while in San Juan, this one should definitely be it – and make sure you make a reservation!


Cocina Abierta 
Cuisine: Puerto Rican Small Plates

Concina Abierta is located on the Condado strip right across from the hotel and is a trendy tapas style restaurant, that some claim is their favorite restaurant in all of San Juan. The menu has a wide range of delightful small plates including everything from scallops to duck confit stuffed mofongo to beef wellington to bacon wrapped venison to squid ink risotto and much, much more. Diners have nothing but positive things to say about Cocina Abierta so make sure you plan a meal there into your time in San Juan.

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